Music Career Resources and Tools
Build a Website
1) Tech-challenged musicians: Weebly | Bandzoogle | SquareSpace
2) Tech-knowledgeable: WordPress.org; development tips: WPBeginner.com
-Best caching plugin: WP Rocket
-Free web-building tutorials: W3Schools.com
3) Search engine optimization (free): The Beginner’s Guide to SEO
Audio recording & editing: Audacity (free, open-source, cross-platform)
General Music Business Tools
DistroKid. Distributes your recorded music to 150+ streaming services and stores. You keep all royalties. Only $20/yr to upload unlimited albums & tracks.
Eventbrite.com. Ticket and promote concerts and events.
Shopify Shopping Cart Software. Create an online store.
Crowdfunding Resources & Tips
Grants & Grant Writing
Indexes of Concert Presenters
MusicalAmerica.com. Directory of classical/jazz presenters, agents, performers.
Music Teacher Resources
Applying for Higher Ed Faculty Positions, via The Musician’s Way Blog.
Selected Books for Music Educators
The Musician’s Way: A Guide to Practice, Performance, and Wellness, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 15th printing, 2019).
Higher Education by Design, by Bruce Mackh (Routledge, 2018).
Make it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning, by Brown, Roediger, McDaniel (Belknap, 2014).
From the Stage to the Studio: How Fine Musicians Become Great Teachers, by Watkins and Scott (Oxford, 2012).
Intelligent Music Teaching, by Robert A. Duke, Ph.D. (2005).
Additional book recommendations are posted on pages throughout MusiciansWay.com
Job Listings for Musicians, Singers, Music Educators
Music Job Search Sites. Via the Peabody Conservatory (scroll down).
League of American Orchestras. Admin., conducting and other jobs.
Musical Chairs. Orchestral and admin. job listings.
MusicalAmerica.com. Arts administration and other jobs.
International Society of Performing Arts – Facebook page.
Higher Education Job Listings
Chronicle of Higher Education
College Music Society (members only)
Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
Academic Gates | Academic Jobs Online
Association Européenne des Conservatoires
K-12 music teaching jobs (US)
Other Music Job & Internship Search Sites
Rhinegold Recruitment (UK & EU)
Career Advice and Guidance for Musicians
Music Career Education
Articles & Resources about Marketing
Resume, Bio, Cover Letter Tips
Career Center at the Peabody Conservatory.
Institute for Music Leadership. Resources from the Eastman School.
Guidebooks from the Entrepreneurial Musicianship dept. at NEC.
Bios That Inspire by Gerald Klickstein.
Why do you need a bio? by Dan Kimpel.
Writing the Dreaded Cover Letter, by Katharine Brooks.
Career Development Books
The Musician’s Way, by Gerald Klickstein (Oxford, 2009; 15th printing, 2019).
Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, by David Allen (Penguin, 2002).
Tribes, by Seth Godin. How to build communities of followers (2008).
Legal and Tax Resources for Musicians
ArtsTaxInfo.com. Expense & income worksheets, sample tax return, and more
Liability/Event Insurance for musicians: Insurance Canopy
Music Industry Quizzes from the Future of Music Coalition
The Teacher’s Guide to Music, Media, and Copyright Law, by James Frankel (Hal Leonard, 2009)
Salary Information and Employment Statistics for Musicians
Occupational Employment and Wages: Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary. From the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Strategic National Arts Alumni Project. Salary data and more.
Facts and Figures Concerning Music and Higher Education in the United States,via the College Music Society (revised Jan. 2015).